A press release from Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, stated that the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee of the Israeli Knesset are preparing to debate the controversial new â€śDeath Penalty for Terroristsâ€ť bill.
According to a report by Ma’an News Agency, former Israeli Minister of Defense andÂ head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party that introduced the bill, in 2017, Â Avigdor LiebermanÂ supported the bill, stating that the death penalty would be a deterrent to Palestinian resistance.
Attorney for Adalah, Mr. Rabea Eghbariah stated â€śThis is a draconian bill that contradicts core legal rights and is overtly aimed at Palestinians exclusively.â€ť
Mr. Eghbariah sent a letter to the chairman of the committee, Nissan Slomiansky, insisting he terminate the bill, arguing that the death penalty is â€śan example of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment,â€ť and that it â€ścontradicts the spirit of international law and Israelâ€™s Basic Law : Human Dignity and Liberty.â€ť
The Adalah attorney warned that the bill has the potential to cause â€śdiscrimination, based on ethnicity and national belonging.â€ť
The debate is scheduled for Wednesday.